| Aug 5, 2009
As easy as 1, 2, 3, 4
Your basic American yellow cake is made from flour, sweetened with sugar, given structure with eggs, enriched and tenderized with butter, leavened with baking powder and flavored with vanilla and a little salt. You may have all the...
| Aug 5, 2009
Total time: 1 hour, plus cooling time for the cakes
Servings: 12 to 16
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) flour, divided
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups...
| Jan 30, 2008
Dear SOS: A friend of mine absolutely loves the lemon bars from Joan's on Third. Any chance of getting the recipe? Thanks!
Linda West , Glendale
Dear Linda: It's easy to fall in love with the lemon bars at Joan's on Third -- all lined up in the glass...
| Apr 22, 2009
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies
Note: Adapted from Eric Lechasseur of Seed Kitchen. Soy margarine and brown rice syrup are available at well-stocked and select health food markets. Whole wheat pastry flour and maple...
| Sep 16, 2009
Dear SOS: I discovered the best currant scones at La Provence in Beverly Hills. Even the shape is special: free-form and crispy.
Dear Shirley: Fan of currants? Then look no further! Each of these scones is packed with...
| Dec 16, 2009
Total time: About 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus chilling and cooling times
Servings: Makes about 6 dozen (3- to 4-inch) cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups (12...
| Mar 26, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, plus chilling time
Note: Adapted from a recipe by Rustic Canyon pastry chef Zoe Nathan. Creamy wildflower honey is milky in color and available at many specialty grocery stores and farmers markets. Nathan...
| May 27, 2009
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Note: Adapted from "Rustic Fruit Desserts" by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson.
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter, cubed,...
| Jul 15, 2009
Dear SOS: Have you ever tasted the muffins at Mäni's Bakery on Fairfax Avenue? They are huge, delicious, healthful and so satisfying. There is a particular favorite of mine, a high protein muffin that, when eaten, makes one glow inside and feel healthy...
| Dec 4, 2009
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To make overnight guests feel at home, borrow the trade secrets of innkeepers who know how to make visits feel so personal. Suggestions from some of Californiaâs most regarded inns: Arrival (or departure) gifts: At the Simpson House Inn in Santa...
| Mar 19, 2008
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: Makes 12 scones
Note: Adapted from Alice Medrich's "Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales From a Life in Chocolate." Oat flour is available at Whole Foods and select health food and baking supply stores.
1 cup flour